Da Kame, Da Sneug and Da Noup - the complete Foula

This magnificent walk takes in the main summits of the extremely remote island of Foula. From the airport it follows the coastline to the ferry pier before continuing to the northern part of the island before ascending to Soberlie. The spectacular western coastal cliffs - the highest in the UK outwith St Kilda - are then followed with an extremely steep climb to the top of Da Kame. From there a hill ridge links to Da Sneug - the highest summit on Foula - before dropping down and then climbing to Da Noup - the dramatic southern summit. From here the route returns to the airport; it can be shortened from Da Sneug if time or energy is running out.

Terrain

Boggy initially, then mostly grassy and rough moorland terrain. There is some extremely steep ground on the ascents, particularly up to Da Kame, that require care and some may find disconcerting.

Public Transport

Foula is served by both air and ferry links from mainland Shetland. Only the air service allows a day visit if not planning to stay on the island overnight, with varying amounts of time between flights on different days. Advance booking is needed as the flights are often full.

Start

Foula airstrip. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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